What's New at MSCFF
The FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grant application period is currently open and will close on October 26, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. EST.
Administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), AFG grants provide fire departments with funding for critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
Learn more about the AFG application process, along with several resources to assist you in preparing your application.
For additional assistance, guidance in preparing your application, or for a review of your application, contact the IAFF Grants Department at email@example.com or (202) 824-1575. In addition to the general grant project guidance that the IAFF has developed, we have also created specific grant guidance documents (login required) for each of the grant eligible programs below:
- IAFF Peer Support Training Program
- Fire Ground Survival Training Program (FGS)
- Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI)
- IAFF/IAFC/ACE Peer Fitness Trainer Certification Program (PFT)
- Hazardous Materials Training for First Responder Operation (FRO)
- Training for Hazardous Materials Response: Technician (HM Tech)
Key changes to the FY 2018 AFG grant program include:
- Micro Grant threshold has increased to $50,000.
- Under the equipment category, FEMA has updated the reasons for equipment purchases.
- Under the PPE category, FEMA has updated the purchase reason for PPE/SCBA.
- Mass Casualty and HazMat Technician training have been updated from a medium to high funding priority for fire department and regional training under the Training Activity.
- Cancer Screening Programs that meet NFPA 1582 were added as a Priority 1 activity required for a Wellness and Fitness program.
The Drawing will be held on December 22, 2018
The family of Kansas City, Missouri Battalion Chief Tom Byrne who died in the line of duty after contracting job related cancer after his 30 years of service to the department is hoping to establish a foundation in his name: The Byrne Out Cancer Foundation.
Colleen Byrne has submitted a request to Chip-Starter.com for consideration and funding with this foundation. The focus of this foundation is to provide specialized washer extractors in all the fire stations with the Kansas City Fire Department to help remove toxins from turnout gear. For more information please click here.
At this week’s MSCFF Presidents Meeting the floor voted to proceed with the MISSOURI PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS plates. Below is a mockup of the plates and the steps for a person to obtain the Missouri Professional Firefighter plates. This applies to any applicant after the plates go into production.
- To be eligible to apply for the plates you must meet at least one of the following requirements:
- You are currently a member of the IAFF in good standing
- You are an Active Retiree of the IAFF
- You are a former member of the IAFF who has left in Good Standing (this would include former members who have Retired from or Promoted out of the IAFF)
The applicant makes a $25 donation to the Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters Community Action Fund. This donation goes to the Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters and not to DOR.
Please mail a check or money order to –
MSCFF Action Fund
6320 Manchester Ave. Suite 42 c/o Sherwood Smith
Kansas City, MO 64133
- Upon receipt of your check, the Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters will issue you a completed Emblem Use Authorization Statement (EUAS) to the applicant as proof of donation.
- The applicant will complete an Application for Missouri Personalized and Special License Plates (Form 1716PDF Document) (if you are not able to print form 1716, we will send one to you) listing their personalized license plate configuration(s).
- The plates will only be available in personalized configurations.
- “Professional Firefighter” will be added to the application once production begins. For the first 200 it will need to be noted in the “other” box.
- Applicant will submit the completed 1716 form along with the EUAS from the Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters and a $15 specialty plate fee to any local license office or by mail to the central office in Jefferson City for processing.
- The $15 specialty plate fee is paid to DOR for cost of producing of the plate.
- After review of the personalized configuration by DOR the plate will be ordered for manufacturing.
- Upon completion plates will be mailed to the applicant’s local license office and notice will be mailed to the applicant by DOR.
- Applicant will visit the license office and register the plate to their vehicle and pay any applicable registration fees.
Brothers and Sisters, please remember that these license plates not only tell the story of your training and sacrifice, but you should also know that the $25.00 cost goes toward helping to advance the enhancement of safety issues and working conditions of Missouri’s First Responders while also helping us better serve the communities in which we live and work. Also, these plates are available for your immediate family members. And one last point, in most circumstances the cost of these plates may be tax deductible (please consult your tax preparer for details). If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or text me 816.536.2662 or reply to this email.
Sherwood L. Smith
Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters is proud to introduce our newest communication tool; the UnionActive™ Mobile Application for Android, iOS Smartphones and Tablets.
This new technology works in concert with our website. All this is required to use the Mobile App is to be a registered user with the MSCFF website. We will soon provide all registered members a link to download the Mobile App via Google Play or iTunes Store thru our website Email system.
If you are not currently a registered member we would like to encourage you to visit our website and register. Once you have been approved you will have complete access to the latest information regarding Fire Fighter Issues within Missouri right in the palm of your hand. Please allow 24 to 48 hours to be approved once you have registered.
Once you download the Mobile App, you will log into the application with the same User Name and Password that you established to access the MSCFF website. From that point forward each time you launch the Mobile App you are already logged in and can access the Members Only Section of the website via the Mobile App.